Research Training Opportunities

Areas of Specialty

Head and neck cancer therapy and reconstruction
Otologic processes
Inner ear development and cell regeneration
Hair cell function
Pediatric diseases
Facial reconstruction

Clinician-Scientist Training Program in Otolaryngology

The mission of this training program is to channel the resources provided by Stanford University bioscience and engineering to achieve greater rates of discovery and translation among OHNS basic science and clinical trainees. Critical to creating a multidisciplinary environment that fosters translational research is a training program that establishes a foundation for collaborative research; such a culture serves to prepare young investigators for a future where multidisciplinary approaches are often critical for success. This training program provides a framework which brings researchers from diverse departments together with the common goal of pursuing collaborative research relevant to overcoming diseases in otolaryngology. This training program permits two years of research starting after the PGY2 year. Residents will graduate after completing a total of 7 years of training. There is also an option for two years of research training after completing an ACGME residency in otolaryngology.

Laboratory Facilities

Wet laboratory space, imaging and auditory function core facilities, as well as hands-on mentoring are readily available for interested residents. 

The Veterans Affairs-Palo Alto Hospital houses an auditory physiology laboratory, and tissue culture facilities for resident projects.

On-site basic research laboratories at Stanford include:

  • Molecular Biology Laboratory
    (tumor biology and gene therapy)
  • Tumor Biology Laboratory
    (quantifying tumor oxygen tension)
  • Wound Healing & Tissue Engineering Laboratory
    (cellular mechanisms to improve healing and in vitro production of autologous implants).

Information about OHNS research laboratories can be found here.

Resident Research Symposium

Every June, we host a resident research forum in which each resident (PGY2-5) gives a research presentation on a current or planned research project.  Prizes are awarded for the best presentation.

Collaborative Research

Basic scientists in the OHNS Research laboratories investigate regeneration of inner ear cell types with stem cell and drug candidate-based approaches; their research focuses on the molecular and biophysical makeup of sensory hair cell function.

Our scientists also work in conjunction with clinicians and chemical engineers on the improved coupling of auditory neurons with cochlear implant electrodes.